Simple Flying - Devansh Mehta

The country’s aviation regulator is taking the issue of bird strikes very seriously.

On Friday, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued new guidelines to airport operators on dealing with wildlife. This comes in the backdrop of a significant rise in wildlife-related aircraft incidents in the country. The regulator has asked operators to ensure that such incidents are curtailed humanely while following all relevant wildlife preservation laws.

The DGCA has asked airport operators to follow a set of instructions aimed at mitigating bird strikes and other wildlife encounters with aircraft. These include drawing up and implementing a habitat management programme to reduce the number of hazardous wildlife, performing risk assessment procedures, and recording bird activity around airports.

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